Source: The Mercury, 14 September, 1996, p.12


Crunch
time for
number

CHINA'S luckiest digit,
number eight, is
spreading its fortune to
Australia.

   Known as the Chinese
symbol for wealth,
number eight has
appeared more than any
other in Tattslotto.

   A Hong Kong motorist
paid a world record $1
million for the right to
have a single eight on
his car's number plate in
1988.

   And if the number
crunchers are right, the
lucky eight should drop
again soon because it has
not been seen in a
Tattslotto draw for 11
weeks.

   Number eight has fallen
124 times since
Tattslotto started drawing
from 45 numbers in
1985.

   Number 39 has been the
unluckiest figure,
appearing only 83 times.

-WENDY BUSFIELD


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